Authors quotes on writer’s block

Funny and/or interesting quotes from famous authors regarding writer’s block (hint: most of them didn’t believe in it).

Joe Posnanski (sports journalist)

I’ve always said that I don’t believe in writer’s block, because my father worked in a factory most of his life and I don’t think he ever had “factory block”.


Mavis Cheek (English novelist)

Authors with a mortgage never get writer’s block.


Jules Renard (French author)

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.


William Stafford (American poet)

There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.


Norman Mailer (American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, and more)

Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.


Alexander McCall Smith (British writer)

Writer’s block is a load of nonsense – I’ve always been a bit suspicious of it. It’s more likely to be a symptom of depression or maybe they’ve just got nothing interesting to say.


Philip Pullman (“His Dark Materials” author)

Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day?


Sidney Sheldon (American writer and producer)

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.


Terry Pratchett (creator of “Discworld”)

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.


Ernest Hemingway (American novelist, short story writer, and journalist)

A little hope from this great writer:

The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck.


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